GUWAHATI: Various masjid committees in Assam are contemplating on slapping a blanket ban on Tablighi Jamaats after their Nizamuddin Markaz congregation which is considered as one of the epicentres of coronavirus in India.
Talking to The Sentinel on Sunday, Assam Minority Development Board (AMDB) chairman Muminul Aowal said, “The role of Tablighi Jamaats has come into question after the Nizamuddin incident. As a follow-up of the Nizamuddin Markaz religious congregation, various masjid committees of Assam have banned the entry of Tablighi Jamaats in their respective masjids. The masjid committees have also prohibited their members from attending any Tablighi Jamaat congregation.
“I welcome the move, and appeal to other masjid committees to follow suit.”
Aowal further said that many religious mentors like muftis, maulanas, imams and others have talked to me on the issue. “Tablighi Jamaats have created a crisis in Assam by creating conflicts between religious and social norms. The damage they have done in Assam is serious in nature. We’re going to hold a threadbare discussion on all such issues to slap a blanket ban on Tablighi Jamaats in the State. All will be taken into confidence prior to taking any such decision. The Tablighis are a banned lot in other Islamic countries,” Aowal said.
Meanwhile, hailing the State government’s move to act tough against those Nizamuddin returnee Tablighi Jamaats who are yet to come forward for medical tests on their own, Aowal has appealed to them to come forward for COVID-19 test.
The Mathura Nagar Jame Masjid, Dispur was the first to ban the entry of Tablighi Jamaats into the masjid on April 1. After that many masjid committees across the State have banned Tablighis entry.